10 Things You Didn’t Know About Philippolis

  1. It was the first and now oldest settlement in the Freestate
  2. The town has a population of approximately 5000 people (Sotho, Afrikaans and Xhosa). The majority of the residents only speak Afrikaans with no understanding of English
  3. Philippolis Digital Learning Campus (PDLC) is the first and only digital education centre in the town
  4. The crèche that was built in Bergmanshoogte was hand built by a group of women including GWF CEO Kate Groch, and students using a “how to build” guide book
  5. Philippolis has weather extremes. In winter, the temperature can go to -14 degrees Celsius and in summer the temperature can rise up to 40 degrees Celsius
  6. In the middle of the town there are still three cannons that were used during the Boer war that took place from 1899 to 1902
  7. The all-women PDLC team of women constructed a fence around their sustainable vegetable garden in less than two hours to protect the vegetables from being eaten by local goats
  8. 10 years ago, you could still buy a three bedroom house in Philippolis for R10 000
  9. A large percentage of the Philippolis’s residents depend on their elderly pension grant for a living
  10. Horses are still used as a form of transport in Philippolis
This Hollywood lookalike sign that sist on one of the hills that lead to the entrance of the town was done by the Philippolis locals

This Hollywood lookalike sign that sits on one of the hills on the entrance of the town was created by the Philippolis locals.

This is the creche that was built by a group of women.

This is the Wilie Walie creche that was built by a group of women and was one of the first GWF projects in Philippolis.

The Philippolis women take matters into their own hands, putting up a fence around a garden in just two hours.

The Philippolis women take matters into their own hands, putting up a fence around a garden in just two hours.

The PDLC tea atsnda outside the campus with the digital champions of Open Learning Academy

The PDLC team stands outside the campus with the digital champions of the Open Learning Academy.

"Oom" Piet is one of the oldest resident of Philippolis.

“Oom” Piet is one of the oldest resident of Philippolis.

GWF team members from Hazyview Digital Learning Campus and Philippolis Digital Learning Campus

GWF team members from Hazyview Digital Learning Campus and Philippolis Digital Learning Campus posing for a team picture.

Boyd Varty and Kate Groch took international guests to Philippolis to meet the residents 5 years ago

Boyd Varty and Kate Groch with international guests who volunteered more than 10 years ago.

This "Ouma" is over 90 years and still walks on her own around the small town.

This “Ouma” is over 90 years old and still walks on her own around the small town.

The buildings around the town have not changed much from the 1800s till now. this street and everything on it still looks  exactly the way it does on this picture taken in 2003

The buildings around the town have not changed from many years ago. This street and everything on it still looks exactly the way it does on this picture taken in 2003.

Written and compiled by Accolade Ubisi

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